How to Plant Beans (and other seeds) For Maximum Germination & Growth

Q. Have planted a row of green beans in my small garden. They aren’t coming up very well. I followed the package directions. I Have two plants that are looking fairly good (leaves). The others are coming up looking like sticks and the leaves are just barely starting to show on one or two. What have I done wrong?

A. Here’s how we plant bean seeds:
1) Make a straight SHALLOW furrow along the sides of your soil-bed with the end of the HANDLE of your rake or hoe.
2) Place bean seeds 2″ apart in the furrows.
3) Cover with 1/8-1/4″ of SAND.
4) Water carefully, so as not to uncover the seeds.
5) Keep the soil MOIST – watering every day.

These procedures give your seeds the very best chance to germinate and make it into the light of day.

Beyond the actual planting, you should make sure that you apply a Pre-Plant mix of lime, magnesium (Epsom Salt), and boron (20 Mule Team Borax) in a ratio of 80-4-1, at the rate of one ounce per running foot of soil-bed, mixed into the soil before planting. In addition apply the complete mineral nutrient mix called Weekly Feed at the rate of 1/2 ounce per foot, also mixed with the soil. Then, after your plants are up, apply the Weekly Feed mix every 7 days until 3 weeks before maturity.

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